Yuriko Cowper-Smith is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science (with a major in Comparative Politics and a minor in Public Policy) in the Department of Political Science at the University of Guelph. Her main research interests lie in migration, civic and political engagement, and intersectional theory. Her dissertation research investigates the relationship between migrant political activists and political opportunity structures, with an empirical focus on the Rohingya community in Kitchener-Waterloo. Yuriko's research has been supported by an Ontario Graduate Fellowship, and an Ontario Graduate Scholarship.
She has extensive experience working in academic and community-based research. For three years, she has worked at the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute at the University of Guelph in various capacities, and has completed projects for five community partners. She is currently working part-time at the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion.